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GST: Customs must stop harassing small businesses

Media statement by DAP National Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong on 3rd April 2015 in Kluang: I call on Finance Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to instruct the Customs Department to halt all enforcement activities and focus on hand-holding small businesses to adapt to GST collections. In my visits to… Read More

Budget 2015 “revision” is just a PR exercise, USD55 per barrel price unrealistic

Media statement by DAP National Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong on 20th January 2015 On 27 October 2014, when the crude oil price was hovering at the US$80-85 per barrel mark, I called on Prime Minister and Finance Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Razak to revise the budget which had been… Read More

Najib’s excessive control over developmental allocation

Budget Speech (Part 2) by DAP National Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong One salient feature of Budget 2015 is the Prime Minister’s Department’s excessive control of the already very small development allocation. Prime Minister’s Department (PMD) has sliced away more budget allocation from other ministries over the last decade. According… Read More

Call on Najib to brief Parliament on the impact of failing oil prices on the Budget

Budget Speech (Part 1) by DAP National Political Education Director and MP by Kluang Liew Chin Tong on 28th October 2014 in Parliament One of the “Black Swan events” that the current budget did not anticipate is the falling oil prices. The black swan theory, developed by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, is a metaphor that describes… Read More

Doing more of the same won’t help our economy

Albert Einstein was said to have remarked, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” In other words, doing more of the same really won’t help.  It is insane to think that Malaysia can avoid the next economic mayhem by doing more of the same, or worse still, doing… Read More

GST: the cat is out of the bag, finally

Media statement by DAP Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong on 18th May 2013 in Kuala Lumpur:  GST: the cat is out of the bag, finally With Idris Jala’s latest revelation, the Barisan Nasional Government is finally letting the goods and services tax (GST) cat out of the bag. Pakatan Rakyat… Read More

Pakatan Rakyat: Building an economy for all

Barisan Nasional paraded its “55 years” of track record” in “fulfillment of promises” – Janji Ditepati –  during the Prime Minister Najib Razak’s recent roadshows and on National Day 2012. One would expect a government with such a long experience in office would have long term strategies for the nation. Unfortunately, apart from arguing that… Read More

Small and medium industries deserve a better deal

Joint media statement by Pakatan Rakyat Policy Committee on 16th January 2013 in Kuala Lumpur Small and medium industries deserve a better deal Pakatan Rakyat understands the concerns of the small and medium entrepreneur industries (SMEs) especially in the context of the implementation of minimum wage policy and calls on the Barisan Nasional Federal Government… Read More

Rethinking wage policy to reposition our economy

Although the minimum wage law is scheduled to take effect in January 2013, the Barisan Nasional Government does not seem to be particularly committed to re-imagine the Malaysian economy through wage policy reform. Efforts to smoothen the transition for small and middle industries are seriously lacking too. Minimum wage is meant to tackle several long-standing… Read More

Agenda Ekonomi Saksama

Amidst an increasing global realisation that inequality hurts growth, general well-being of the population and, ultimately, stability, DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng articulates an Agenda Ekonomi Saksama to orient DAP and Pakatan Rakyat on the question of inequality. At a Roketkini forum, Guan Eng plays on the initials of the Automated Enforcement System in jest… Read More

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    Facebook IconMay 30, 2015 at 10:42 am

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    The Jeffrey Cheah Institute recently held a public forum to discuss the issue of parliamentary reforms in Malaysia. In recent times, the Malaysian parliament came under heavy criticism from the civil society for its inability to act as a check-and-balance against the executive.

    In fact, the popular view is that parliament is merely there to legitimate the actions of the government. Thus Malaysian MPs are not really given support in terms of research, there is a lack of proper select committee system, Bills are often given out at the last minute and there is not time for a proper debate and MPs who shout the loudest are often the ones who are heard.

    The speakers who spoke at the forum are:
    1) Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, former minister, senator and MP
    2) YB Liew Chin Tong, MP
    3) Ivanpal Grewel, political secretary in the PM’s department

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    Liew Chin Tong
    Facebook IconMay 29, 2015 at 8:25 am

    “Rumours are going around that Hadi will make a speech in the muktamar to break away from DAP,” he said when met at the Parliament lobby yesterday.

    “DAP is now the punching bag because PAS didn’t succeed in its push for Hudud,” he said.

    He said the onus was on PAS to decide whether it wanted to win Putrajaya with its partners, or settle for being a Kelantan party and possibly even cooperate with Umno.

    “A lot of bickering is happening because certain sections in the PAS leadership think they only have to secure Kelantan, their base. These people don’t mind working with Umno,” said Lew.

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    As PAS polls near, Pakatan’s future hangs in the balance - The Malaysian Insider

    The demise of Pakatan Rakyat (PR) hinges on the PAS elections next week, which will see warring factions compete for control over the Islamist party and…

    Liew Chin Tong
    Facebook IconMay 28, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    For 11MP to succeed, PMD’s slush funds must be curbed. Media statement by DAP National Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong on 27thMay 2015 in Parliament

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    For 11MP to succeed, PMD’s slush funds must be curbed

    The 11th Malaysia Plan would make very little impact on the daily lives of ordinary Malaysians as there is very little money in it. Even with the limited sum, the lion’s share goes to the Prime Minister’s Department for political objectives. The 8th Malaysia Plan (2001-2005) allocated RM170 billion…

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    May 28, 2015 at 7:24 am

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    Sambutan Hari Gawai

    Tarikh:30 Mei 2015
    Masa: 7pm
    Tempat: S21, Jalan Bunga Matahari. Kg baru Plentong

    Jom sambut Hari Gawai bersama kita!

    Liew Chin Tong
    Facebook IconMay 27, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    During the House Committee meeting with Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Rakyat (PR) representatives this morning, Pandikar outlined four key reform agendas.

    The agendas include the revival of the Parliamentary Service Act (PSA), the introduction of an hour of “Minister's Question Time” once a week where MPs can ask questions to ministers, more parliamentary select committees and the introduction of a second chamber where matters and motions which do not need the Dewan Rakyat to decide on can be discussed.

    “Both Pakatan and BN representatives who were present agree to this, no objection.

    “He (Pandikar) has outlined his agenda for reform, and now we are going to get more feedback from respective parties before we meet next,” DAP's Anthony Loke told Malay Mail Online.

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    Pandikar starts Parliament reforms

    KUALA LUMPUR, May 27 ― Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia began today the move towards parliamentary reform, keeping his promise when he decided to stay on as Dewan Rakyat Speaker. During the House Committee meeting with Barisan Nasional (BN) and